11Dog Fighting: Irkis Forrest, Arrested in Multi-State Alabama Dog-Fighting Bust, Plans to Plead Guilty
Irkis Forrest of Theodore, AL--one of 14 people arrested on April 7, 2012, in connection with the multi-state dog fighting investigation--has filed notice that he plans to plead guilty to one count of dog fighting.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody has scheduled a hearing May 2 in Montgomery for Forrest to enter the plea.
A federal indictment accused Forrest, 32, of being part of a dog-fighting conspiracy involving people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas that staged or participated in the matches in Alabama.
Carlton Tippens of Riverdale, GA, another defendant, is seeking to enter into a pre-trial diversion program. If accepted, Tippens could perform community service, pay restitution, and submit to regular supervision. His prosecution would be dropped.
Most of the remaining defendants are scheduled for trial May 8 in Alabama.
Investigators seized 367 dogs in the raids last August in Alabama and Georgia. They later seized 37 more dogs later in Dothan. The Humane Society of the U.S. and the ASPCA provided care for the dogs.
Read more: The Dispatch
Prisoners at the St. Clair correctional facility in Alabama are planning to stop their work at the jail this weekend because of alleged slavery.
“We decided that the only weapon or strategy… that we have is our labor because that’s the only reason that we’re here,” St. Clair inmate Melvin Ray told Salon.com via phone.
Ray, who started the Free Alabama Movement, accused the state's prison system of "incarcerating people for the free labor.”
“There is not even the pretense of doing anything about corrections," said Ray. “They’re running a slave empire.”
The Free Alabama Movement has posted recorded cell phone interviews of inmates online, in which the men detail the unsanitary conditions of Alabama jails (video below).
Ray claimed that prison officials have threatened the prisoners with solitary confinement if they go on strike.
“It’s a hellhole,” Ray told Salon.com. “That’s what they created these things for, to destroy men.”
“We have to get [inmates] to understand: You’re not giving up anything. You don’t have anything. And you’re going to gain your freedom right here,” added Ray.
Prisoners at Holman, Elmore and St. Clair state jails went on a work strike back in January.
Alabama State Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett told the Associated Press that only a small number of inmates refused to do work during the January strike.
However, Ray claims that almost all of the prisoners at St. Clair and Holman prisons went on strike.
“There may be some prisons we spent a lot of time organizing that don’t even go on strike [this time],” Ray told Salon.com. "The best-case scenario would be that every prison in the state of Alabama joins the Alabama movement, go on, shut down.”
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating conditions in Alabama’s prisons.
Even though Alabama prison officials claim their jails are not violating anyone's rights, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) recently said he was bringing in outside groups to “transform the landscape of our criminal justice system for the better," reported AL.com.
A recently released New Mexico State Police dashcam video shows Shae Russell Nakai Blair allegedly leading Officer Todd Sibley on a wild car chase before finally stopping and using jiu-jitsu on the officer.
The incident happened on March 31 when Officer Sibley began chasing Blair, who was reportedly driving 93 mph on Highway 68 near Taos, N.M., notes KRQE (video below).
A dashcam video (below) inside Officer Sibley's cruiser shows the chase, which ends when Blair finally pulls over on the side of the road.
Officer Sibley tries to arrest Blair, but the two men get into a fight and tumble off screen.
According to the police report, Blair held Officer Sibley's head to the ground and said, “If you want to grapple, I know jiu-jitsu.”
Officer Sibley and Blair walked back to the roadside, but Blair got into his car and drove off, reports RawStory.com.
Officer Sibley warned his fellow officers over his radio, “Hey, use caution, he does know jiu-jitsu.”
Eventually, New Mexico State Police did catch Blair, who had outstanding warrants for identity theft, fraud and forgery.
Blair has also been charged with battery of a peace officer, DWI, resisting arrest and several more crimes.
For months, an unknown person has been defecating on slides at a park playground in Ypsilanti, Mich.
“This winter, it wasn’t necessarily a problem,” Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock told the Associated Press. “Now that the weather is getting warmer, we need to get a handle on it. No one wants to play in other people’s feces."
Local police and other city employees are checking the park slides daily for any signs of feces (video below).
“We have a problem in Prospect Park with a miscreant that does not understand the difference between a children’s playground slide and a toilet,” Police Chief Tony DeGiusti wrote in an email to officers. “Apparently this extremely misguided individual feels the need to defecate on the slide despite the cold weather.”
This week, Adams Outdoor Advertising in Ann Arbor, Mich., set up some billboards on Interstate 94 urging citizens to help catch the mystery pooper.
According to My Fox Detroit, the billboards state:
Help us flush the pooper #YPSIPOOPER.
Do your civic doody report the pooper. #YPSIPOOPER.
Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.
Sources: My Fox Detroit and Associated Press
Illinois State Trooper Cory Alberson is accused of publicly strip searching a male driver in East St. Louis.
Alberson was charged on Tuesday with felony aggravated battery.
He allegedly pulled down Anthony Campbell's pants, without consent, during a traffic stop on Jan. 21, 2013, notes KMOV (video below).
According to court papers, Alberson allegedly "visually examined, with a flashlight, the buttocks of Anthony Campbell while holding his pants down."
Alberson was relieved of duty, with pay, during an internal investigation and the court case.
“The Illinois State Police take this matter seriously and will not tolerate misconduct on any level,” said Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau in a statement.
Alberson was released from jail after posting a $20,000 bail.
"Corey Alberson has pleaded not guilty to these charges and will persist in that plea of not guilty," his attorney John O'Gara told BND.com. "We will fight this matter in court."
Alberson faces two to five years in prison if convicted.
The city of Portland, Oregon has been forced to flush 143 million liters of drinking water down the drain after a 19-year-old delinquent decided to urinate in the reservoir.
The 19-year-old was caught on surveillance footage around 1 a.m. urinating off the bridge and into the reservoir. Though the Water Bureau used to keep guards on duty through the night, the posts were cut a few years ago to reduce rate increases.
The reservoir will be drained and sanitized after Wednesday’s incident, according to city water officials.
“That water goes directly into people’s homes,” David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau adminstrator said. “There is no way to re-treat it.”
The draining and cleaning of the reservoir is expected to cost the city $35,000.
“Even though there is very minimal public health risk,” Shaff said, “the bottom line is that out commitment is to serve water that’s clean.”
After their car tires were repeatedly punctured over the past six months, residents of the English town Brampton were relieved to find the culprit.
A border collie, named Jess, would sink its teeth into tires on a daily basis throughout the neighborhood. It’s rumored that the dog was hit by a car and has since taken its revenge on other people’s tires.
“Apparently it was run over about and 18 months ago and it seems to have a thing about cars,” Anne Taylor, who caught the dog on camera, said.
Though many of the neighborhood’s residents had seen Jess near their cars, they believed she had merely been sniffing them. It wasn’t until Taylor took a closer look at the footage that she realized Jess was biting them.
The owner was contacted and genuinely surprised that Jess had been wreaking havoc throughout the neighborhood. He has since promised to keep his dog on a leash.
A Plant City woman was caught on surveillance footage stealing a donation jar from a Bravo Supermarket checkout counter this past Tuesday. The money was supposed to be given to a young girl with Lupus.
The video shows the woman and a young girl at the checkout counter. The woman looks around the store to make sure no one is watching, then prompts the girl to put the jar in their shopping cart. Then, they quickly hide the jar under shopping bags.
Mildred Diaz, whose 15-year-old daughter was meant to receive the money, said she hopes the woman gets caught.
"She is not only stealing from my daughter,” Diaz said, “she's stealing from millions of people who have Lupus that count on donations.”
Despite the loss, Diaz encouraged people to attend a Lupus fundraiser on May 4 at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa to help others battling the disease.
Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Plant City Police Department.
Dr. Paul Becton Jr. has been accused of taking cell phone pictures of nude female patients while examining them in his Paragould, Ark. office.
The 68-year-old gynecologist is charged with five counts of felony voyeurism, but has not been apprehended yet.
An unidentified patient reportedly told police that Dr. Becton “produced his cellular telephone and took photographs of her pubic region and buttocks."
Arkansas State Police seized Dr. Becton’s phone on April 10, reports The Smoking Gun.
Police claim that Dr. Becton’s cell phone included “numerous images of nude females that appear to have been taken in a medical office during medical examinations."
The pictures had been deleted, but were found on the hard-drive of the cell phone, according to court papers.
Police say the woman who originally filed a complaint appeared in five “nude photographs that were taken without her knowledge or consent.”
"When a woman goes to the doctor, she should expect that her privacy not be violated," prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington told KAIT.
Dr. Becton has practiced gynecology in Arkansas for 30 years.
Women who suspect they may have been victimized are encouraged to contact the Paragould Police Department.
Florida woman Desiree Taylor was arrested Monday after she walked into a Publix grocery store without pants on and stole two boxes of wine.
The 35-year-old walked into the Ocala store with only a T-shirt and flip flops, barely turning heads. She then allegedly proceeded to steal $42 worth of boxed wine.
When the store manager attempted to stop Taylor, she took a swing at him and ran away.
Taylor was later arrested, for the second time in two months, and charged with disorderly conduct and petty theft.
In a previous case, the woman was charged with battery of an officer.
Taylor is currently being held on $1,000 bond.
The unusual thief was caught just one week after a different Florida woman was filmed at a St Petersburg McDonald’s wearing only a pair of underwear.